Expert Fittings & All Types of Contacts
Contact lenses are more popular than ever. New materials and advanced engineering have enhanced the comfort, clarity, and convenience of these high tech discs. In contrast to eyeglasses, contacts provide superior vision and a broader peripheral view, without the nuisance of frames slipping down your nose.
However, not all contact lenses are equal – and you need a professional contact lenses eye exam and fitting from a skilled eye doctor in order to find the perfect pair. Our eye doctor is qualified and experienced with contacts in Downtown Toronto, book an appointment for your eye exam to get started with crisp and healthy vision with contacts!
Fitting Contacts in Downtown Toronto
When our eye doctor checks your eyes to fit contacts, the specialized exam consists of more than just basic vision testing. We will use advanced equipment, along with personalized attention that considers your unique visual requirements.
In addition to figuring out your prescription for contact lenses, we will also assess your ocular health to confirm that you do not have any pre-existing conditions that necessitate wearing specialty lenses (such as dry eye). Depending upon the results of your contact lenses eye exam, we will recommend the best types of contacts for your eyes.
The next step of your eye exam for contact lenses in Downtown Toronto is to measure your eyes. Our eye doctor may use a keratometer to inspect for any corneal irregularities (it is a quick and painless procedure). We will also measure corneal curvature, pupil size, and iris size.
Your accurate prescription for contact lenses will include:
- Base curve (lens curvature)
- Lens diameter
- Power of each lens
- Manufacturer and brand-name of lenses
What is the Best Type of Contact Lenses for You?
In addition to performing a complete eye exam, we will also ask you a series of questions about your lifestyle, visual expectations, and typical activities. All of this information is significant for recommending the most suitable contact lenses.
Here is a review of the different types of available contacts in our Downtown Toronto optical store:
Nowadays, most people prefer soft contact lenses. Composed of specialized plastic mixed with water, soft lenses enable a high quantity of oxygen to reach your cornea.
They also give sharp vision and are comfortable as soon as you insert them, with no adjustment period. However, soft lenses can be fragile and some people find them hard to handle.
Soft contacts come in several wearing schedules, and the decision about which type to purchase depends heavily upon your lifestyle and personality. Will you be vigilant about disinfecting your lenses every night? Will you adhere to the wearing schedule instructed by your eye doctor?
Do you plan to insert and remove your lenses a few times each day? When you meet with our contact lenses specialists in Downtown Toronto, your answers to these questions will help us recommend the type of contacts to meet your needs.
- Daily Wear Lenses: Must be taken out and sterilized nightly. These lenses are replaced on a set schedule, ranging from every two weeks to every three months, depending upon the brand.
- Extended Wear Lenses: Designed to be worn overnight. You need to remove and sterilize them at least once a week. Many eye doctors do not recommend this type because it is linked to a higher risk of eye infection.
- Disposable Contacts – Dailies: These lenses are discarded after each use, so zero maintenance is required. Dailies are ideal for people with allergies because allergens do not have time to build upon the lenses. Daily disposable lenses are also appropriate for other eye conditions that cause protein deposits.
Also known as rigid gas permeable lenses, these contacts are made from oxygen permeable silicone. Many people experience crisper vision with hard lenses.
In addition, if you have astigmatism or a medical condition that facilitates the build-up of protein deposits on the contact lens – hard lenses may be more suitable. You must remove, disinfect, and store hard lenses nightly, and usually, they last a very long time due to their durable construction.
- Bifocal/multifocal contacts for presbyopia: people with presbyopia benefit from these lenses, as they facilitate both near and far vision by looking through different prescription zones in the lenses
- Toric lenses for astigmatism: used to correct astigmatism, which is when an irregular cornea or lens leads to blurred vision. They are available as both soft and hard contact lenses, in daily and extended wear versions.
- Scleral lenses for keratoconus and other corneal irregularities
- Colored contacts for fun!
Trying On Your Contact Lenses
After your eye exam, we will help you insert and try on some contact lenses.
Once they are in your eyes for about 10 minutes, our eye doctors will check the fit and make sure they move smoothly on your eyes.
Before you go home, we will provide clear instructions on how to handle, insert, remove, and care for your lenses.
Follow-Up Eye Exams for Contacts in Downtown Toronto
Our eye doctors strongly encourage all wearers of contact lenses to return for regular eye exams. This is the only dependable way to monitor the health of your eyes and acuity of your vision.
We will also inspect the condition of your contacts, to make sure there are no problems. Sometimes, a change in the type of lenses or disinfectant is needed.